What makes Healthy Start the place to conduct this research?
“Within Healthy Start I would like to get started with design-oriented research because I think the translation into practice is very important. Before I started my PhD, I worked on a project for the municipality of Utrecht where we researched through design thinking how loneliness among seniors in the Utrecht city center could be reduced. Through the conversations with residents, we found out that for them it was much more about a lack of contact between younger and older generations. In co-creation, local residents and social workers came up with the concept of a story hunt, based on the idea that stories connect. Residents have written their own stories and hidden them in their street. By searching for and reading each other’s stories, residents connected with each other. It was a nice experiment and we subsequently translated this into a number of policy recommendations. Learning by doing really appealed to me. I found that method really inspiring, so that was also one of the reasons for me to apply for this position, where we work on this issue together with young people, youth workers and policy makers through reframing and design thinking.”